SuperSport United coach Eric Tinkler talks up Reneilwe Letsholonyane role ahead of Tshwane derby with Mamelodi Sundowns
Posted: 19 August 2017 Time: 12:31
SuperSport United coach Eric Tinkler says Reneilwe Letsholonyane has a "massive role" to play for the team and is mindful of managing the veteran's workload.
The 35-year-old central midfielder impressed in his first season with Matsatsantsa last term following a successful eight-year stay with Kaizer Chiefs.
'Yeye', who provided three goals and four assists in 27 league starts in 2016/17, helped United beat Chiefs 1-0 in the MTN8 quarter-finals a week ago, notably having a hand in Jeremy Brockie's well-worked winner at Moses Mabhida Stadium.
"He's got a massive role with his experience and leadership," said Tinkler ahead of the Tshwane derby with Mamelodi Sundowns at Lucas Moripe Stadium this afternoon (15h00 kick-off).
"Obviously he's a player that we need to protect as the season goes on. It is probably more important for him that it's not about the amount of days he trains, but the quality amount of rest that he has in between matches in order for him to sustain his peak performance throughout the season.
"Obviously we are fortunate enough to have a lot of depth in the centre of midfield. Teboho Mokoena had a very, very good season last year and obviously it makes my life a lot easier if someone's form does drop I have the quality on the bench that can come in and step up.
"I'm a firm believer that if you are performing well you stay in the starting lineup. Because when you pull players out those players could lose their form and you don't know what you're gonna get in the next game. So when a player is in form, why prevent him from playing?
"You see that in Europe. Look at the likes of your Barcelona and Real Madrids, the team doesn't change much. It's only when a player's form drops that you see those changes, and that won't change with me," concluded the former Bafana Bafana midfielder.